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Improve plant shape with light strategy

October 3, 2015

The quality of flowers and plants is, among things, determined by their shape and compactness. Many ornamental crops in greenhouses exhibit too much stretch. Therefore, to achieve the desired, uniform shape, growth inhibitors are used.  Read More »

Australians to invest in Kenya’s horticulture sector

October 3, 2015

Australia plans to invest in Kenya’s horticulture and renewable energy sub sectors in a bid to boost trade ties between the two countries. Kenya Australia Chamber of Commerce Chair Stephen Kuria says this will go a long way in easing the current trade imbalance that stands at 60%-40% in favour of Australia. Read More »

Investing in commercial scale CEA systems

October 2, 2015

If you think Matt Damon’s character in his upcoming film The Martian is cool for growing food on Mars, then think again. This is not a Hollywood special effect, it is controlled environment agriculture (CEA) and how we on Earth will be growing food in the coming decades – and it’s already happening now. Do you want to learn more about the CEA industry? If you are interested in agriculture, agtech, cleantech, environmental issues, clean energy, renewable energy, and food sustainability and resilience, either as an investor, a future career, or you simply want to integrate CEA into your portfolio, you will benefit from attending AGROWN’s AgTech Investing Conference. Read More »

The Coming Greenhouse Revolution

October 1, 2015
Steven Carruthers

Over the next five years, the value of the ‘smart’ greenhouse market globally is forecast to reach USD 1.2 billion as growers turn to advances in technology for better and faster crop yields; where crops will be grown in urban environments without human intervention. This is the conclusion of a report published by the world’s largest market research store (, whose clients include some of the world’s largest businesses. The report not only provides revenue forecasts, but also sheds light on drivers, restraints, opportunities, market trends, and the technologies expected to revolutionise the smart greenhouse domain. It also profiles various companies active in smart greenhouse markets, providing detailed market ranking analysis, mergers and acquisitions, collaborations, partnerships, new product developments, and the key growth strategies of each player. Read More »

Setting up a trial NFT system

October 1, 2015
Rick Donnan

I am in the process of setting up a small NFT (Nutrient Film Technique) system to start a trial commercial basil farm. I am planning on using a header tank system to supply the nutrients to the plants. I’m choosing this system because I feel at this time it provides me with more safeguards. The flow rate of the nutrient solution to the plants from the header tank would be controlled by a manual inline valve. I will have a primary pump to transfer solution from the catchment tank to the header tank. I also plan on using a secondary pump as a backup in the event of primary pump failure. When I change the solution I will swap the pumps so the primary becomes the back up and vice versa. Both pumps would be activated either by their own float or perhaps one float would control both for simplicity, but I need to figure out which would be more practical. Answer by RICK DONNAN
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Getting smarter

October 1, 2015
Sustainable Strawberry Project where Cravo’s retractable roof greenhouses are used to create a superior growing environment for strawberries.

By 2020, the value of the worldwide smart greenhouse market is expected to reach more than USD 1.2 billion, as increasingly, greenhouse growers turn to new advances in technology for better and faster crop yields. By CHRISTINE BROWN-PAUL Read More »

Veg Pest ID app updates

September 30, 2015

Picking a mould from a mildew is now easier for vegetable growers, thanks to the latest range of pest and disease identification updates on the vegetable levy-funded smart device application, Veg Pest ID.  The app, released last year by Applied Horticultural Research, has been updated to include 13 vegetable varieties and more than 1500 high resolution images of a wide range of pests, disorders and diseases which can also be accessed offline. Read More »